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Willem van Eeghen is managing director of Van Eeghen International, a 14th-generation privately held business based in Amsterdam and with activity in 60 countries. Since 1662 the company has been active in commodities, shipping, private banking, insurance and food ingredients. Today the firm’s core business lies in functional and dehydrated food ingredients. Willem is married to Petra and they have three sons – Feike, Max and Boudewijn and a daughter, Erica

“I believe that an objective outsider really can get things addressed. The presence of a camera, oddly enough, also helps”

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